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Troubleshooting Launcher and Kubernetes#

These troubleshooting steps are useful if you are having issues when integrating Workbench with Kubernetes, where Workbench is installed outside of a Kubernetes cluster and the Kubernetes cluster is used only for sessions/jobs. You can use the following troubleshooting steps to perform diagnostic tests, ensure that your configuration settings are valid, and verify that your Kubernetes cluster and environment is properly configured for Posit Workbench and Launcher.


The architecture described on this page is not our recommended way of integrating Workbench and Kubernetes. We recommend following our Kubernetes Installation instructions in the Workbench Administration Guide to run both Workbench and the associated session/jobs entirely in a Kubernetes cluster.

When to use these steps#

Use these troubleshooting steps if:

  • The Workbench or Launcher services will not start
  • If you are unable to access the Workbench home page in your browser
  • If you are unable to start new remote sessions in Kubernetes
  • If new remote sessions are stuck in a Pending or Suspended status

Log files and diagnostic tools#

Step 1. Check the log files related to the services and sessions

Step 2. Run the verify installation command to test your configuration

Launcher configuration issues#

Step 3. Check the status of the rstudio-server and rstudio-launcher services

Step 4. Verify that your license is authorized to use Launcher

Step 5. Verify that the rserver node and Kubernetes cluster's clocks are synced

Step 6. Verify that your configuration files are correct

Kubernetes plugin configuration issues#

Step 7. Skip the Kubernetes SSL certificate verification for testing purposes

Step 8. Verify that your Kubernetes certificate authority is configured correctly

Step 9. Verify that your Kubernetes API URL is configured correctly

Step 10. Verify that your Kubernetes service account token is configured correctly

Kubernetes configuration and environment issues#

Step 11. Verify that your service account has access to the Kubernetes API

Step 12. Verify that the Docker images are accessible and configured correctly

Step 13. Ensure that you have added worker nodes to your Kubernetes cluster

Step 14. Ensure that you have adequate CPU/RAM resources for the Kubernetes worker nodes

Step 15. Verify that you have configured your NFS server correctly

Step 16. Verify network connectivity to your NFS server